Fr. Emil Kapaun, pray for us!

Emil Kapaun was a priest from Kansas and a U.S. Army chaplain serving in the 1940s and 1950s. During the Korean War he ministered to soldiers in battle. He was captured, spent seven months in prison, and died on May 23, 1951. In 2013 he…

The pope’s church

The Archbasilica of St. John Lateran is the oldest of the four papal basilicas in Rome and serves as the cathedral church of Rome and, by extension, the ecclesiastical seat of the pope. Nov. 9 is the feast day for the Dedication of the…

For we are God’s co-workers

Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica For we are God’s co-workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it.…

Habit by Mary

The religious habit: It’s what separates, on sight, the laity from the professed religious (and, for that matter, the secular clergy.) And of the dozens and dozens of religious orders, congregations, and societies, only a very few wear a…

Anomie

Anomie: noun an·o·mie \ˈa-nə-mē\ personal unrest, alienation, and uncertainty that comes from a lack of purpose or ideals It was a very hot Saturday afternoon in the middle of August in 1940. I was walking down New York City's Ninth…